Friday, October 8

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

The Top Three Risk Perils for Cities: What’s the Law and How the Risk Pool Can Help
Session courtesy of TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool

This session will talk about the major risks that cities face, including natural disasters like hurricanes and hail storms, law enforcement liability issues, and pandemic/workers’ compensation issues for first responders. You’ll learn the basics of each issue, how you can help mitigate the associate risks, and how the Risk Pool can assist you with an incident.

Speakers: David Nix, Liability and Property Claims Manager; Irvin Janak, Loss Prevention Manager; Mike Bratcher, Workers’ Compensation Claims Manager; Mike Rains, Assistant Director; and Scott Houston, Intergovernmental Relations Manager, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool
Transparency: A Key to Lowering your Rx and Benefit Cost
Session courtesy of TML Health Benefits Pool

Pharmacy and benefit costs are on the rise, driving up concern among employers on how to better manage expenses. Often there are hidden fees and markups that end up costing you more. How do you know if you are getting the most transparent and affordable benefit solutions? In this session, you’ll hear first-hand how one plan drove down Rx costs by moving to a transparent pass-through arrangement and why the traditional industry arrangements may be costing you and your employees a lot more.

Speaker: Jennifer Hoff, Executive Director, TML Health Benefits Pool
Legal Q&A
Meet the TML legal staff and hear the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to have answered in this fun and informal session. Please submit your questions in advance at the registration desk or by sending an email to

Speakers:  Amber McKeon-Mueller, Legal Counsel; Evelyn Njuguna, Assistant Director of Legal Services; Will Trevino, Legal Counsel; Tad Cleaves, Legal Counsel; Bill Longley, General Counsel, Texas Municipal League

10:30-Noon (separate ticketed event)
Closing Session and Brunch

From Conflict to Conversation
Speaker: Matt Lehrman
, Co-Founder, Social Prosperity Partners

How can leaders tackle complex and sensitive community issues in ways that make people feel heard, respected, and empowered? This session explores pragmatic approaches for city leaders to conduct collaborative and courageous conversations.

Matt Lehrman is co-founder of Social Prosperity Partners, an Arizona-based firm that works nationally to help leaders and people in their communities achieve consensus around important decisions.

Read Matt Lehrman’s bio